Bill C-6 Passed

Thanks Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other members of the House of Commons for passing Bill C-6! So great that Canada is one of the very few countries poised to criminalize counseling kids to take their time before becoming permanent medical patients. Happy Pride!
Rosemary Frei, MSc
June 24, 2021
On June 22, 2021, the Canadian House of Commons passed Bill C-6. It is now before the Senate. If the Senate votes in favour of the Bill it will then receive Royal Assent and become law. The status and latest version of the Bill are here. The bill tragically equates 'gender identity' with sexual orientation, and in the process criminalizes not 'affirming' a child's 'gender identity.' Here is the summary of the bill and, below that, the bill's definition of the term 'conversion therapy':

SUMMARY

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to, among other things, create the following offences:
(a) causing a person to undergo conversion therapy without the person’s consent;
(b) causing a child to undergo conversion therapy;
(c) doing anything for the purpose of removing a child from Canada with the intention that the child undergo conversion therapy outside Canada;
(d) promoting or advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy; and
(e) receiving a financial or other material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy.
It also amends the Criminal Code to authorize courts to order that advertisements for conversion therapy be disposed of or deleted.

Definition of conversion therapy

320.‍101 In sections 320.‍102 to 320.‍105, conversion therapy means a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change a person’s gender identity or gender expression to cisgender or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour or non-cisgender gender expression. For greater certainty, this definition does not include a practice, treatment or service that relates to the exploration and development of an integrated personal identity without favouring any particular sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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After obtaining an MSc in molecular biology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Rosemary Frei became a freelance writer. For the next 22 years she was a medical writer and journalist. She pivoted again in early 2016 to full-time, independent activism and investigative journalism. Her website is RosemaryFrei.ca.